Faculty Profile

Mark Ruhl

Glenn E. and Mary L. Todd Professor of Political Science (1975)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 207


He specializes in comparative politics. His research centers on the politics of democratization in contemporary Latin America with a special emphasis on civil-military relations.


  • B.A., Dickinson College, 1970
  • M.A., Syracuse University, 1972
  • Ph.D., 1975

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

LALC 101 Intro Latin American Studies
A multi-disciplinary, introductory course designed to familiarize students with the regions through a study of their history, economics, politics, literature, and culture in transnational and comparative perspective. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework that will prepare students for more specialized courses in particular disciplines and specific areas of LALC studies. Required of all LALC majors. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.

AFST 220 African Government & Politics
Cross-listed with POSC 252-01.An introduction to the politics of contemporary, sub-Saharan Africa. After analyzing the historical and socio-economic context of African politics, the course examines a number of contrasting political systems in depth. The final section of the course discusses the current problems of South Africa from an international perspective.

POSC 252 African Government & Politics
Cross-listed with AFST 220-04.

Spring 2015

POSC 251 Latin Amer Govt & Politics
Cross-listed with LALC 251-01.

LALC 251 Latin Amer Govt & Politics
Cross-listed with POSC 251 01.

POSC 390 Compar Political Corruption
A seminar in selected topics in Political Science. Recent offerings have included: Political Leadership, Crime and Punishment, Democratization, Presidential Elections, Revolutions and Political Thought, Constitutional Politics, International Regimes, Russian Leadership Politics, Central American Politics, and Comparative Political Modernization. Not appropriate for first-year students.